GEOGRAPHICAL INVESTIGATIONS FOR THE LEAVING CERTIFICATE
Our one-day projects are specially designed for the geography fieldwork investigation topics each year. In all our projects students are involved in using various items of equipment to make measurements and collect data that can be used for presentation and analysis.
TOPIC 1 THE IMPACT OF GEOMORPHIC PROCESSES ON SHAPING A GLACIATED, FLUVIAL OR COASTAL ENVIRONMENT.
Two projects are available for topic 1.
- TITLE: A study of coastal processess in Liscannor Bay, Co. Clare
This project is based in Lehinch and Doolin looking at a range of coastal processes. Starting with erosion by identifying and sketching a number of erosion features and considering how these interact with each other. Evidence of longshore drift is found by identifying bedrock and pebble composition at the two different locations. One location is used to examine beach fabric to show deposition. Impacts of these processes on the landscape and how they interact are then considered.
- TITLE: Recent impacts of coastal processes at Bishop’s Quarter beach.
At Bishop’s Quarter beach near Ballyvaughan students will test for longshore drift, measure wind speed and direction. They will record a variety of deposition features including sand dunes and a spit. They will then examine recent changes to the beach and associated features due to the impact of recent storms and record these changes.
TOPIC 2 THE IMPACT OF WEATHERING OR MASS MOVEMENT ON SHAPING THE LANDSCAPE IN AN AREA OF YOUR CHOICE.
- TITLE: A study of limestone pavement at Black Head, Co. Clare.
Features of carbonation are identified and recorded and water samples tested to prove carbonation is occurring. Measurements of gryke depth and width are made using a transect line. These results will be analysed to examine the impact of carbonation over time. A number of glacial erratics and associated pedestals will be examined to estimate a rate of limestone weathering.
GENERAL BURREN STUDIES
The limestone landscape of the Burren is unique in Ireland and examples of most karstic land forms can be seen here. The extensive limestone pavements with their clints and grykes clearly illustrate the process of chemical erosion.
Caves are an important feature of limestone areas and extensive caves are known beneath the Burren’s surface. Instructors are available who can lead small groups into wild caves.
Near Lisdoonvarna, the limestone is overlain by impermeable rock with surface drainage providing a strong contrast to the high Burren where there are many dry valleys and closed depressions ranging from small dolines and turloughs to the large polje at Carron.
There are many excellent examples of glacial action in the Burren. These include glaciated valleys, moraines and erratics.